Vignesh Reddy Kandi

From Fun and Creativity to Stress and Pressure: My Transition to a High-Performing School in the 9th Grade

When I changed schools in the 9th grade, I had no idea what was coming up for me. Up until that point, I had always attended schools that prioritized fun and creativity over academic achievement. But my new school was different – with a track record for getting high grades, it was clear that success was the top priority.

To gain admission to the school, I had to take an entrance exam. Unfortunately, my results were 15/20 which looks goid for , but the principal suggested that I repeat the 8th grade instead of moving on to the 9th. My parents were not thrilled with this idea, so the principal agreed to let me enter 9th grade with the condition that I attend extra study hours to catch up.

My first day at the new school was stressful . I arrived late after attending a wedding the night before, and was warned by the principal for being late. Despite the rocky start, I quickly made friends with a fellow student who sat next to me in class.

The 9th grade was stressful, but manageable. However, things took a turn for the worse when summer arrived. The school organized special classes for 10th grade during the summer break, leaving me with little time for anything else. Our schedule was grueling, with 12 hours of study every day, and additional assignments and notes to complete.

Although I enjoyed spending time with my new friends, the pressure to perform academically weighed heavily on me. I made some mistakes in my study habits, which ultimately prevented me from achieving the grades I wanted.

Looking back, I have mixed feelings about my experience in 10th grade. While the school provided a strong academic foundation and allowed me to make lifelong friends, the high-pressure environment was not for my personal growth and development.

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